I would like this essay to be 5 full pages. There should be an epigram in the beginning of the essay. Then there should be an introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion. I have provided the article and the essay structure to help you. Please follow the structure by order and answering the questions.
This part may take one or possibly two paragraphs (but no more for a short essay). I’d like to see you use an epigram to present the topic and frame your essay. The points of your introduction should include the following:
1. Present the general topic, including general information about the two sides and some of the
problems associated with this issue. This will take more than a sentence or two.
2. Establish context by presenting the author, the article “Title,” publication Title and full
date of publication.
3. State the author’s thesis (use the quote if you can or paraphrase).
4. State your thesis. This is also called signaling your project or focus. The following is
an example that you can use in your essay for your thesis. Feel free to use this in your
An analysis of ___(author’s name)’s___ article will identify and detail his purpose, goal
audience, and his use of tone and evidence to evaluate the article’s effectiveness.
II: Body Paragraphs/Middle
All paragraphs should include a topic sentence at the beginning of the paragraph and a transition at the end. Assume your audience may not be familiar with rhetorical analysis and is unfamiliar with the text; explain what the author is doing, but emphasize analysis. Be sure to identify and detail/analyze the following parts.
A. Here’s where you will address Part 1 of the prompt and focus on the author’s purpose, goal, and audience.
First you need a topic sentence to introduce the focus of this paragraph: purpose, goal and audience. Then detail the author’s purpose and goal (use the PACES half sheet). Be sure to clearly identify both in separate sentences. Then identify the author’s audience. Who is the intended audience for this publication? This will require a little research regarding age, gender, educational level, etc. You must include a parenthetical citation for where you got this info (article “Title” or “Homepage”– NOT the website Title). We will discuss this in class). The information about the audience should follow what you have identified as the author’s goal, since goal refers to what the author wants the audience to do having read his article; this will transition into who this audience is. This part will probably take one paragraph.
B. Here’s where you will address Part 2 of the prompt and focus on the use of tone.
First, you need a topic sentence to present this paragraph focus. Identify one example of tone in the introduction. Why does the author introduce this in his intro? What point is he trying to make? How effective is this example? Consider the persuasive appeal at work in this example (pathos, logos or ethos, but be SURE to identify what KIND of logos or emotion, etc). What kind of effect does it have on the audience in general AND on you?
Then in a separate paragraph, detail how this example has prepared the reader for other examples of tone in the rest of the article. Be sure to first identify where in the body paragraphs this example occurs (toward the beginning, middle, toward the end) and the point the author is trying to make in that part of the article. What’s the connection between the example in the intro and this example? Consider the persuasive appeal the author’s tone is evoking in the audience, but be specific. If it’s pathos, then what kind of pathos? If it’s emotion, then what kind of emotion? Then detail its effect on you. Detail at least two examples from the intro and two from the rest of the article.)
C. Here’s where you will address Part 3 of the prompt: two examples of evidence.
In a separate paragraph, you’ll need a topic sentence to present the focus of this paragraph: one example of evidence. Clearly identify where this example occurs in the article and the point the author is making at this specific place. For example, is it evidence for a supporting claim or for a counter-argument? Analyze the effectiveness of this evidence. For example, what is the persuasive appeal this evidence evokes? Be sure to be specific. Include how this evidence has affected your response towards this author’s position. For example, how has it helped to change or reinforce your position about this issue? you need to detail two appeals for this one example of evidence.
Here’s where you will focus on the second example of evidence.
Again, you’ll need a topic sentence to introduce the focus of this paragraph: the second example of evidence. Clearly identify where this 2nd example occurs in the article and the point the author is making at this specific place. For example, is it evidence for a supporting claim or for a counter-argument? Analyze the effectiveness of this evidence. For example, what is the persuasive appeal this evidence evokes? Be sure to be specific. Include how this evidence has affected your response towards this author’s position. For example, how has it helped to change or reinforce your position about this issue? You need to detail two appeals for this 2nd example of evidence.
∗ Since you are using an epigram in your introduction, signal your conclusion with a reference to it, but do not repeat it. This is how to use a vignette or epigram as a framing device. This also helps to bring your essay full circle and back to the beginning.
∗ Do not restate what you’ve already said in the essay. This is redundant. You could make a general statement about the overall effectiveness of the article, but keep it brief.
∗ Wrap it up and end with a bang.